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Tom Bell on Law at Sea and in the SEZ...


Tom W. Bell, whom I have linked to on this blog before, helps out at the Seasteading Institute. Joe Quirk interviews him on the subject of seasteads & special economic zones, saying things that won't surprise people like me in the slightest.

Such zones are less ambitious than seasteads, but they offer a chance, especially when privately administered, for people to increase their prosperity far moreso and far more quickly than outside such SEZs.

Give it a listen.

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